That’s the feeling of the eight players who have made it through to the 4.45 million dollar WTA Championships which get underway on Tuesday.
Clijsters made a return to the sport after a two-year absence to start a family by winning the US Open. Fellow world number one Henin, who quit on the eve of the 2008 French Open, has also announced her return, a decision adding extra spice to next year’s Australian Open where old rival Serena Williams is defending champion.
“I think it’s great to have Kim and Justine back. They got tired at one point, but they’re back. Good for them. I would wish them luck, but I want to do well too,” said Williams.
Russia’s Elena Dementieva described Clijsters as “extraordinary”.
“I was not surprised to see her playing at this level because I know she’s a great athlete and she was capable of doing this,” said the Russian.
“It’s great to see Justine coming back. Again, it’s not a big surprise because I think with Kim and Justine, they were pretty young when they decided to retire. Justine had a big passion for the game.
“I’m sure she was missing the game and is desperate to come back and win a Wimbledon title.”
French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova believes the return of the two Belgians will add variety to a women’s environment often dismissed as one-dimensional and predictable.
“Every player you see has a different game. One is a hard hitter, another one is a bit defensive…every player has a different personality, ” said the Russian.
Meanwhile, Caroline Wozniacki, (winner of the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament) who is a WTA Championship rookie as is her close friend Victoria Azarenka, hopes that the kind of versatility which took her to the US Open final will be a challenge for Clijsters and Henin.
The Danish teenager’s marathon collection of 87 matches in 2009 has been helped by her careful approach to the game. “I think there’s a place for different players,” said Wozniacki.
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